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Old December 5th, 2009, 09:16 PM   #2361
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Old December 5th, 2009, 11:57 PM   #2362
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Don't tell me you went to a German Christmas market
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Old December 6th, 2009, 12:01 AM   #2363
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I went to the Dortmund Christmas market last thursday (I went by train though)
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Old December 6th, 2009, 01:39 AM   #2364
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Don't tell me you went to a German Christmas market
In August ?

(I forgot to state that)
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Old December 6th, 2009, 04:19 AM   #2365
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Thank you for showing some rural parts of my home town!
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Old December 7th, 2009, 03:31 AM   #2366
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I find this sign ironic:



There's a D oval even though we're already/still in Germany, but there's no CH oval by Basel. You'd think you're in Switzerland.
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Old December 7th, 2009, 11:36 PM   #2367
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Here's a critical video about Hochmoselübergang by ZDF Television in german.
Shortly summarized (some know my opinion about (against) it so I try to keep it objective - this time ):
- the plans of that traffic connection are old-fashioned cold-war-relicts of the 1960's (strategic route from Rhein-main area to benelux north sea ports)
- there are already enough ways (motorways, rivers, railways) from the ports to Rhein-Main-Area
- travel time for trucks only reduces by 20minutes - so is this connection really needed?
- most people in the region are against the project
- ruins the countryside of Mosel valley
- will eventually lead to ecologic problems for the wine cultures in Mosel valley due to watering problems
- will increase the danger of land slides at valley slopes that menace the villages and people
- no sustainable planning, 300 millions are better invested in more sustainable projects like new railway connections
- politicians stand their ground, though. Due to better infrastructure, providing new jobs, revaluation and better accessibility of the region.


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Old December 8th, 2009, 10:33 AM   #2368
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Actually, those are typical NIBMY argument, not much new.

However, I agree with you that this connection is not really necessary. I'd rather see the completion of other Autobahnen in that regio, like A1 or A65 towards French A35.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 04:11 PM   #2369
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Actually, those are typical NIBMY argument, not much new.
Danger of landslides due to geological instability of terrain a NIMBY-argument? I don't think so... would be a danger for whole municipalities and the people.


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I'd rather see the completion of other Autobahnen in that regio, like A1
Totally agree!
A1 over Liesertalbrücke from AS Daun to actual AS Gerolstein near Dockweiler will open 2-laned this month from what I've heard. All 4 lanes will be opened 2011 when the next 2 kilometres to AS Kelberg at Dreiser Höhe will be opened. From the north side AS Blankenheim to AS Lommersweiler (just about some kilometres) is in planning phase (Planfeststellungsverfahren) at the moment. But between AS Lommersweiler and AS Kelberg nothing new so far, although this part contains a real big valley bridge over upper Ahr valley (its lower part is well known for wine cultures,too). Until it's finally finished there might be no oil anymore
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 12:07 PM   #2370
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Letzter Abschnitt der A38 wird freigegeben

Im Eichsfeld wird am Dienstag der letzte Bauabschnitt der Südharz-Autobahn A38 freigegeben. Dabei handelt es sich um das knapp zwölf Kilometer lange Teilstück zwischen Breitenworbis und Bleicherode. Zu der Freigabe-Zeremonie haben sich Bundesverkehrsminister Peter Ramsauer (CSU), Thüringens Ministerpräsidentin Christine Lieberknecht (CDU) sowie Vertreter der Landesregierungen von Niedersachsen und Sachsen-Anhalt angesagt. Die Verkehrsfreigabe ist für 16:30 Uhr vorgesehen.

An der A38 ist insgesamt 14 Jahre lang gebaut worden. Sie hat eine Gesamtlänge von rund 200 Kilometern und verbindet die Ballungsräume Halle-Leipzig und Kassel/Göttingen. Die Baukosten belaufen sich auf rund 1,3 Milliarden Euro
The last part of A38 will be opened at 16:30 hours between Bleicherode and Breitenworbis. The 200 km Autobahn cost € 1.3 billion.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 10:46 PM   #2371
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The last part of A38 will be opened at 16:30 hours between Bleicherode and Breitenworbis. The 200 km Autobahn cost € 1.3 billion.
That's not bad, that's what we spend on 7 km
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Old December 24th, 2009, 05:19 PM   #2372
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This is my first ever posting on skyscraper city...! hope it works.

Ive got a question, well a few questions.

How much of Germany's autobahn network is lit?

If so where? Ive travelled to Germany a few times and not seen ANY lit sections...

Does anyone have any pictures?-What type of lighting is used?
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Old December 24th, 2009, 11:37 PM   #2373
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Danger of landslides due to geological instability of terrain a NIMBY-argument? I don't think so... would be a danger for whole municipalities and the people.
Don't agree. Geological "arguments" were presented in typical NIMBY fashion with no real expert opinion presented. Also as I understand a bit of geology I don't see, how could few pillars endanger whole valley ... What about old roads, houses, even existing vineyards? They all destabilize valley slopes with their presence, because they cover far more ground than those three or four narrow pillars.
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Old December 25th, 2009, 09:50 PM   #2374
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This is my first ever posting on skyscraper city...! hope it works.

Ive got a question, well a few questions.

How much of Germany's autobahn network is lit?

If so where? Ive travelled to Germany a few times and not seen ANY lit sections...

Does anyone have any pictures?-What type of lighting is used?
There are some urban motorways that are lit. This is, however, just a tiny fraction. Most of the motorway network runs through rural areas and remain unlit.

A3 around Köln
A7 in Hamburg
A100 in Berlin
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Old December 25th, 2009, 10:17 PM   #2375
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Gap-closing in Munchen

Are there plans to close the small gap between A-96, A-95 and A-995 in southwest Munchen? It seems less than 1.500m are missing to "close" the ringroad, and it seems a pity someone would have to drive through local boulevard or take all the other way around the ringroad to access those highways.
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Old December 26th, 2009, 08:41 PM   #2376
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I find this sign ironic:

There's a D oval even though we're already/still in Germany, but there's no CH oval by Basel. You'd think you're in Switzerland.
Ok maybe its a bit special but since there is a customs sign on the table besides "Basel" and the big swiss cross and the 40 Fr (Swiss Francs) sign it should be clear there is a border, or not?

This is also the last exit in Germany, so if you go on straight, there is only Switzerland...

The ovals besides Weil am Rhein, which is belonging to Germany and Hüningen, which belongs to the Elsaß/Alsace (therefore France) do make some sense here in my opinion. Hüningen in french is written Huningue btw..
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Old December 26th, 2009, 09:57 PM   #2377
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Thanks for the reply....re-lighting on German motorways/autobahn.

I am really surprised that only a tiny fraction of Germany's autobahn are lit. Must be only a few % in terms of total length.

It does really surprise me that also considering unlimited speed limits, a central european winter climate (ie very cold winters) and no/little lighting this to me a bit of a bad mix. Surely accident statistics are alot higher????

no disrespect, the German autobahn system is the "big daddy" in terms of its quality, engineering and extent of network.

I do think more lighting is needed, but not to say the extent of Belgian or Dutch motorways where nearly all of it is lit.

ps) website link is amazing! many thanks M56PHIL
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Old December 26th, 2009, 10:23 PM   #2378
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some pics of the recent snowfall in the rhine-ruhr-region....

A45 near Dortmund
http://img706.imageshack.us/i/dscf9004.jpg/

A40 Ruhrschnellweg in Essen with the bus-lane in the median
http://img705.imageshack.us/i/dscf9009.jpg/
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Old December 26th, 2009, 11:12 PM   #2379
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It does really surprise me that also considering unlimited speed limits, a central european winter climate (ie very cold winters) and no/little lighting this to me a bit of a bad mix. Surely accident statistics are alot higher????
The German Autobahn is one of the safest in the world. The lanes are wide, the geometry is usually good, and where it isn't good, the speed is usually limited to 120 or 130 km/h. German overall has a very good score in traffic safety, even though it has the highest speed limits of Europe. (non urban speed limit is 100 km/h).
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I love how German highwat authorities seem to use wisely variable speed limit signalig. I've driven through strechts with no limit late at night or in a winter and chilly Saturday, with a 100 km/h in a summer busy Tursday and wth 80 km/h in a day in which there was an accident in the opposite lanes.
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